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Published December 26, 2013, 08:14 PM

Fireworks for sale in North Dakota to ring in 2014

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - For the first time in more than a decade, fireworks are on sale right now in North Dakota. Local stores cleared away the snow and opened the doors, with hopes of starting a New New Year's tradition in North Dakota. Fireworks bring to mind the warm beaches of an Independence Day celebration, not so much the frozen tundra of a North Dakota winter.

By: Becky Parker, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - For the first time in more than a decade, fireworks are on sale right now in North Dakota.

Local stores cleared away the snow and opened the doors, with hopes of starting a New New Year's tradition in North Dakota.

Fireworks bring to mind the warm beaches of an Independence Day celebration, not so much the frozen tundra of a North Dakota winter.

David Reuter/Memory Fireworks: "It's a little unusual, because in the summer we come in here and it's 90 degrees out and we have the air conditioner cranked."

After being closed since July, shops like Memory Fireworks are re-opening their doors to give some spark to local New Year's parties.

The North Dakota legislature last session voted to allow fireworks sales from December 26th to January 1st. So, for the first time, you can light off a Dakota Stowstorm during a Dakota snowstorm.

It's been more than a decade since the last time fireworks were sold this time of year in 1999 ahead of the new millennium.

Dirk Monson says he lit some off then, and was excited to come back for more.

Dirk Monson/Stocking up on Fireworks: "They reflect off the snow, it's kind of different."

Winter fireworks are a different experience, David Reuter swears the colors shine brighter in the cold air.

And the dark of night lasts longer.

Monson: "We can go out earlier and do stuff."

Jacob Berger/Stocking up on Fireworks: "I can't wait to blow stuff up."

Welcome news for those looking to bring in the New Year with a bang.

Reuter: "We are trying to start a new tradition for everyone."

Fireworks sales during this time of year will now be legal moving forward.

Business on the first day started off slow, but Memory managers are confident that it will pick up once the word gets out.

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